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NCJ Number: 115097 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Car Crime: an Initiative Affecting Vehicle Import Procedures
Journal: Home Office Research and Planning Unit Research Bulletin  Issue:21  Dated:(1986)  Pages:18-20
Author(s): J Burrows; P Ekblom
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article first describes abuses of Great Britain's auto import procedures -- which include vehicle theft, defrauding second-hand car buyers, and avoiding customs duty -- and then describes an initiative undertaken by criminal justice and other government agencies to reduce such crimes.
Abstract: Preliminary examination revealed that the import system offered a means of procuring a new identity for a stolen vehicle often an expensive model. An overview of proposed preventive measures addresses the difficulties involved in tightening security at points of entry to Great Britain. Instead, Customs and Excise (C&E) altered its forms and procedures at relatively little cost. Forms were printed on special security paper, and steps were taken to insure that the forms were more comprehensively completed than in the past and more readily retraceble. Third, C&E made sure that officials never handed out blank copies of the import document and that each one issued had a Customs stamp. Police records indicate that auto thefts involving fraudulent import documents dropped substantially in the 14 months following the introduction of new forms and procedures.
Main Term(s): Motor Vehicle Theft
Index Term(s): Consumer fraud; Customs violations; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Trade practices
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